Traveling to 60 world countries and being in touch with various religions, it was only Islam and Muslims that attracted Heo Joon Hu, a 32-year-old convert from South Korea.
Following his extensive research and study on Islam, young South Korean tourist converted to Islam in Imam Reza (AS) holy shrine.
“Before starting my trip, my Iranian friends advised me to visit Imam Reza (AS) holy shrine as an excellent place for familiarity with Islam,” said Hu.
In his first visit, the vastness, glory and spiritual atmosphere of Imam Reza (AS) holy shrine attracted him. “I talked about this strange feeling with the holy shrine’s religious experts for hours and they informed me about religious issues as well as great character of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) and Shia Imams.”
He postponed his trip for a week to learn more about Islam. “I also had a chance to read Korean translation of the Holy Quran”.
Hu added: “Kindness and good manners were two characteristics of Muslims that attracted me. My understanding of Islam is not complete yet but I can see a beautiful prospect now.”
On new conversion, Mohammad Javad Hasheminejad, Astan Quds Razavi’s Director of the Office for Foreign Pilgrims’ Affairs said: “In order to provide Mr. Hu with answers to his questions, religious experts of the office arranged intensive sessions with him for two weeks”.
According to him, the office has planned to post him books and electronic packages containing Islamic teachings, in case he requests.
Hasheminejad expressed his office’s readiness for giving Muslim converts necessary information on Islam. “Around 120 thousand people in 120 countries are now in contact with the Office for Foreign Pilgrims’ Affairs.”